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Gadgets vs umpires SHOULD we or shouldnt we Should the newly discovered scientific gadgets if we may call them so be used in umpiring in cricket or should we continue with the trusted way of believing in the neutrality of the men in white This issue is not only being hotly debated in the International Cricket Council but also among all followers of the game most of whom strongly believe that umpires are only human and are bound to make mistakes specially under pressure in a close game They are of the view that gadgets should be used as much as possible in cricket since the margin of error is much much less than the human eye But the traditionalists say that use of gadgets would take away much of the charm of the game which once upon a time to use an old cliche was called a gentlemans game And given the strong feeling among both groups it is doubtful whether the debate would end soon The two instruments which some people want to be used on the cricket field by the umpires is the snick-o-meter and the hawkeye The former registers the finest of snick on any cricket bat while the second instrument which helps in adjudicating leg before wicket decisions judges in quick time whether a delivery which hits the pads of the batsman would have gone ahead and claimed the wicket Both these instruments are being used for quite sometime by television and successfully too and there is no reason for the International Cricket Council not to permit their use in actual play with the third umpire sitting in his room and seeing the replays while coming to a final decision The results of the instruments have often been in variance with what was actually decided by the umpires in the middle To start with the instruments can be used on an experimental basis before being permitted to
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